The Spaces Between Your Fingers

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Howard was a father of six children. He was always known as someone who was firm but fair. He was a man of few words, but when he had something to say it was always considered to be important. Everyone who knew him considered him to be quite the presence. 
Charlotte remembers him fondly as the man who kissed all his children and his wife before he left for work, every day she knew him.

I will, until the day I die, have fond memories of my
father.

He was a man who was gentle and yet firm, someone who wasn’t
afraid of discipline but somebody who knew how to love well. He was a tall man,
very thin. I suppose you could have called him a bean pole, but he was strong. He
was the kind of man who saw what he wanted, and got it. He saw my mother, when
he was eighteen years old, and said then and there that she was the woman he
wanted to marry. When the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor, he went immediately to
enlist. To my mother’s delight, he was rejected due to him being completely
deaf in one ear and having only partial hearing in the other. You wouldn’t
think a man who’d been rejected from the military on account of his deafness
would get a job working for the railroad as a telegraph operator…but he did.
And he worked there until he couldn’t work anymore.

But the thing that my father was known for was his massive
library. To this day, my ambitious son-in-law has not been able to acquire as
many books as my father had. He’d sit in his study, surrounded by books, and
spend his time with his leather-bound friends.  He used to tell me that he would never need to
take a vacation, or see the world. Why would he need to? He could go anywhere
in the world from the comfort of his rocking chair. His books took him
everywhere he wanted to go, and he instilled a love of reading in all his
children. 

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1940s
Troy, NY

Howard was a father of six children. He was always known as someone who was firm but fair. He was a man of few words, but when he had something to say it was always considered to be important. Everyone who knew him considered him to be quite the presence.
Charlotte remembers him fondly as the man who kissed all his children and his wife before he left for work, every day she knew him.

Decade: 1940s
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Recorded by Katarina Kapetanakis on January 16, 2014
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